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New toy

Unread post by NYGeorge » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:54 pm

This arrived on Wednesday. Only played a little so far. Delay has a glitch so needs attention but I knew that before purchase. I bought the chorus separately and have a phaser coming which will complete the board.

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Also someone wanted a pic of my "man cave" . It's mostly underground so I guess that's an apt label for it. Directly above on the first floor is the "picking parlor" where I keep a couple guitars and my trusty THR10. All of my acoustics and semis are also on the first and second floors for more uniform humidity.

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Not exactly the most luxurious but good enough for an amateur like me.
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Re: New toy

Unread post by Buzzard » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:11 pm

Well ,,,,, (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y) (Y)

Wow George, sub zero cool pedal board and a man cave worthy of you and your collection. ((i))

Congrats, that's a little piece of heaven at your house. :D

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Re: New toy

Unread post by vini » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:55 pm

I am very impressed with the "Man Cave" in fact I seem to be turning a lighter shade of green. It must be envy? LOL. fair play to you. vini
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Re: New toy

Unread post by jeff-carolina » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:32 pm

Congrats George!! Very nice looking pedal board setup. The man cave is awesome as well, and looks like you have plenty of instruments down there to keep you happily jamming!!! Out of curiosity how many guitars do you own? :mrgreen:
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Re: New toy

Unread post by JDZ » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:49 pm

That's a great cave, and well stocked! ((i))

Below ground is a plus when you want to crank the amp up... :twisted:
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Re: New toy

Unread post by Asmikace » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:22 am

You are living the dream
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Unread post by parametric » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:31 am

Subterranean has MANY benefits . . . .

Looks like a great Space you have there - AND nicely equipped. LOVE those Guitar Stands . . . .

The Uni Music Department I worked in for 18 years - up to my redundancy - was entirely underground.

Performance Space, Recording Studios, Composition Suites, Practice rooms . . . ALL underground.

I was allowed out Lunchtimes :lol: So, in the Winter, I only saw daylight (in my OWN time) - at Weekends.

Bit like a Mole really.

But I loved it nevertheless . .

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Unread post by Saul » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:58 pm

Would love a space like that George. I have 7 acoustic guitars here at the moment and space is definitely something I am running out of!

Luckily I do have some great 'Hercules' guitar stands to keep things tidy :)
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Re: New toy

Unread post by NYGeorge » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:41 pm

Thanks for all the compliments guys.
I wish I could be upbeat but when I went down today there was a small pool of water in the back part of the room not visible in the photos. And this despite spending nearly 4 grand on drainage in August, This on top of 5 or 6 grand spent 15 years ago. The initial drainage work solved the problem in the rest of the basement but the problem arose when the new section with the music room was built. Because the old part is only about 5' 8 or 9 in height I had the contractor increase the depth of the new part so that I would have some head room. I'm 6 feet tall.
The excavation for the new drainage went below the floor level in the music room and completed the perimeter drain. But somehow there is enough of a gap somewhere or an anomalous groundwater situation that still allows some water through. We had close to an inch of rain yesterday which melted most of the snow. What's on the floor now probably doesn't amount to a gallon of water but that is still a gallon too much. At this point I'm just completely frustrated as I thought the problem was solved. The worst water problems always came late February and early March so all I can do now is wait and see and keep everything elevated or moved.
Sorry for the vent but I couldn't help myself.
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Benefits but also drawbacks in some cases. And BTW I always hated the Brits use of the term redundant. Seems like an attack on a person's worth more than a statement of job loss.
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Re: New toy

Unread post by parametric » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:12 am

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Benefits but also drawbacks in some cases. And BTW I always hated the Brits use of the term redundant. Seems like an attack on a person's worth more than a statement of job loss.
Yes NYG - Leaks are always a problem. We used to get them from time to time. Water always seem to find a way through. Unfortunately at our location "Clerkenwell (The name says it all)" there was an underground river - and a bout of heavy rain . . . well, you get the picture . . .

Yes redundancy, was bittersweet.

I NOTE your observation of the perceived usage, BTW - Happily, both Staff AND Students were horrified to see us go, including the Prof. who was Head of Department . . .

It was an "Administrative" decision that did not originate from within the Department.

We had a fire in our building, and putting it out dumped thousands of gallons of water into the building and guess where it all ended up? My office was a foot deep in water when I returned, trashing a lot of my own personal stuff (which probably should NOT have been there - but there it is . . . ). The following 4 or 5 years were spent building and rebuilding Studios and Composition Suites at various locations while a £20M rebuild took place in the original site. Finally, it was complete, and excellent it was . . . .

As a reward - my governor, The Studio Manager and I received our "Voluntary" redundancy notices. A cash sum on the table for 6 weeks - with the proviso that the cash would be withdrawn after that time, and we would be retired anyway "without" such payment.

Needless to say we both took the offer. A "Compromise Agreement" was signed, concerning the offer - effectively limiting what I can say further . . . :roll: :roll:

Curiously enough we actually had a ROOM marked "Redundant Store" :lol:

It was stuffed with gear thought no longer useful - Old PTools systems, Akai samplers - (at least ten S1000s), PostOffice Jackfields and loads of other studio outboard gear. It all got "skipped" when we left . . . .

Its very frustrating NYG - having paid money to have your basement sorted. How well did you get on with the contractor?

Any chance of a remedial "discussion" of the problem?

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Re: New toy

Unread post by NYGeorge » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:28 pm

Para
A sad tale re: your redundancy. As the cynics say "no good deed goes unpunished"
I have a very good relationship with the contractor. His crew built the addition . The issue is really not his fault. we had discussed remedial solutions for a couple years and what he did is what we agreed to. As you say water always finds a way. My back yard abuts a small hill ( we have an acre and 1/2 )and there is water galore that comes down slope. The drainage around the old section of the house discharges to the ditch through a 4 inch pipe and I have seen it running nearly full in the early spring!!!
I just found a product on line that seals floors and walls with an epoxy rubber mix. The places where the water comes in appear to be 2 discreet areas along the wall/floor joint. Their literature guarantees the material will hold against a substantial head of water. Fingers crossed for an inexpensive final solution.
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Re: New toy

Unread post by Saul » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:59 pm

My sister, who lives in Holland, Michigan went through all this for years. Tried all sorts of things to seal her basement but every time there was a downpour it would flood. Not sure what she did to fix it...she did sell the house though, perhaps that WAS her fix ;)

Most homes in the UK don't have basements so it's rarely an issue but the ones I have been in that do have always had a 'damp' problem :(
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Re: New toy

Unread post by Asmikace » Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:56 pm

All my guitars are in my bedroom. I like sleeping with the harem.
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Re: New toy

Unread post by Saul » Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:19 pm

Asmikace wrote:
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:56 pm
All my guitars are in my bedroom. I like sleeping with the harem.
Love that :)
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Re: New toy

Unread post by NYGeorge » Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:43 pm

Just thought I would give you an update on the board and the man cave. Shortly after my last post I applied the sealer I spoke of. We have had some good rain and snow melt and nary a drop of water has appeared. An unsolicited testimonial for Sani Tred.
I ordered another small batch to reapply tomorrow. Belt and suspenders as they say. No not the Brit kind of suspenders the Murrican kind

This morning I finished work on the board. Installed the phaser and replaced the delay. When I took the old delay out I noticed that one of the wires going to the 9 volt input on the back( not used in this application) was pinched between the case halves. I'm betting that this caused an intermittent short which was the root of the former owners issues.

Anyway a dry man cave and a fully functioning vintage pedal board. Too cool for school !
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